Elon Musk shares video of speedy auto transport tunnel


Musk posted a video of a demo of its electric sled in action on Friday. The video description further notes that with this sled, a commute from Westwood to LAX would take just five minutes. In a nutshell, it won't actually reduce traffic-and if you want a detailed explanation as to why, Wired has a good explainer here.

Not a fan of wasting time, the genesis of Musk's idea stems from his frustration with sitting in L.A. traffic a year ago. He'd had the typical LA freeway driving experience going from his home to work in Hawthorne, where his SpaceX company is headquartered next to a Tesla service center with ample Supercharger stations. Private cars would be loaded onto an electric sled, sort of like a single-car ferry, then driven through the tunnels at speeds up to 125 miles per hour.

"Full length of first tunnel will run from LAX to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks", Musk wrote. While it seemed like a possible joke at the time, it turns out that Elon Musk is that rare person with the mechanical know-how, municipal influence, and financial means to just start boring a tunnel under Los Angeles, and the Boring Company was born.

"The race between Gary, our pet snail who lives in a pineapple, and Godot, our tunnel-boring machine, begins soon!", Musk captioned the photo.

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The Boring Company is still in its infancy for now, but it holds great promise for a faster and more secure way to travel.

The project is one of Musk's latest ventures, which was inspired by a desire to alleviate "out of control" traffic in Los Angeles.

As The Verge points out, it's unclear if Musk has government approval for these tunnels. "Planning to jack this up by a factor of ten" reads a Tweet by Musk which speaks to one of the goals set for The Boring Company.

The goal, as revealed during a TED talk in April, is to increase the current speed of tunnel boring tenfold, from around 300 feet per week to one mile per week.